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GLAAD study: Gay depictions slip on network TV

BY LYNN ELBER
AP TELEVISION WRITER

LOS ANGELES -- Fewer gay and bisexual characters are part of the new broadcast TV season following a record-setting year, while cable depictions continued to increase, according to a new study from a media advocacy group.

GLAAD's 18th annual "Where We Are on TV" report released Friday says 3.3 percent of 796 regularly appearing characters on prime-time broadcast dramas and comedies are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Last season's study by GLAAD put LGBT depictions at 4.4 percent.

Numbers are one thing, content is another, said GLAAD spokesman Wilson Cruz.

"Last season was a stellar one when it comes to the sheer number of gay, lesbian and bisexual representations on television, though diversity within those storylines showed room for improvement," Cruz said in a release.

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